Bruschetta Basics

Bruschetta has come to mean a variety of things in current food conversation. The term originally meant a simple piece of grilled bread rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. It was traditionally made to feature and celebrate Olio Nuovo. McEvoy’s Olio Nuovo was released on December 1, 2017 and we enjoyed many simple bruschettas with that fresh, luscious oil. We look forward to a new one late this year. That is the time to enjoy the moment - bring out good bread and flake salt to match and enhance that celebratory oil. A variety of bruschettas are served as appetizers or as a first course. There are many popular toppings. Bruschetta with vine ripe tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and fresh mozzarella or burrata probably leads the parade. Sauteed greens, mushrooms and creamy bean purees make tasty options as well. Charcuterie and cheese are classic and delicious toppings for bruschetta. McEvoy makes a distinctive variety of Tapenades; Artichoke and Almond, Olive and Roasted Red Pepper, Black Olive and Spicy Green Olive. Top a piece of grilled or toasted bread with a tapenade, add some chopped fresh herbs or grated cheese to create a simple, elegant bruschetta. McEvoy has also created a new line of enticing bruschetta toppings; Cherry Pepper, Classic Italian and Mediterranean. These toppings were designed to enhance and create many dishes but, of course, they make perfect bruschetta! *Here is a festive platter of mixed bruschetta.